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Message 32 of 134 (697736)
04-29-2013 11:24 AM
Reply to: Message 29 by xongsmith
04-29-2013 1:45 AM


Oh my goodness!!! is there a new definition of googling now?? How did I miss this? Gotta know - is this the better way?

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Message 66 of 134 (697875)
05-01-2013 10:35 AM
Reply to: Message 64 by Faith
05-01-2013 10:26 AM


Re: No Fracking Problem
There is no way I'm going to convert all the measurements in my cookbooks to metric and throw out all my measuring gear.
The metric system is just so much better than ours:
But heaven forbid grandma having to change her cookbooks!

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Message 69 of 134 (697883)
05-01-2013 12:04 PM
Reply to: Message 68 by caffeine
05-01-2013 11:31 AM


Re: No Fracking Problem
I thought she was talking about these things:
c = a cup, which is 8 ounces, or ~240 ml.
1 pint = 2 cups. 1 quart (which is a quarter of a gallon) = 2 pints.
4 quarts to a gallon. A gallon is 3785 ml.
Edited by Catholic Scientist, : No reason given.

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Message 80 of 134 (697906)
05-01-2013 2:46 PM
Reply to: Message 75 by Faith
05-01-2013 2:30 PM


Re: No Fracking Problem
Well that's awfully selfish of you.
"I don't care if we're worse... we're unique in our inferiority!"
Geez, that's a whole new outlook for me: Oh, yeah I got in last place, but I'm the only one who did so bad!"
I'll just leave you with this:

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Message 86 of 134 (697916)
05-01-2013 3:06 PM
Reply to: Message 82 by ringo
05-01-2013 2:51 PM


Re: Metric System groupies and scientific literacy
I've always argued against the metric system being "better" than another system of weights and measures.
Well you're wrong. Its obviously better to base things off of powers of 10 than some random factor. You can do the math in your head, you can convert left and right. You don't have that "arbitrary retarded rollercoaster" in the second picture in my post.
A mile? Oh, that's 5280 feet. Wait, how many yards is that? Oh fuck. Let me get my calculator.
There's no way that equally as good as: 1 km = 1000 m = 1000000 mm

The only problem I have is visualizing distance metrically. And its because of growing up using the US system. I know how far a mile is in my head. I can't picture X kilometers without converting it into some number of miles.
I just realized something right before I hit submit...
We've been playing Minecraft a bit lately. In that game, each block is a square meter. I've gotten the sense of about how far 1000 blocks is. I can picture the real world as if I was standing in Minecraft and then picture how far 1000 blocks away would be and, voila, there's my kilometer!
Still though, its hard for me to imaged 6.5 kilometers but I have no problem seeing how far away 6.5 mile would be.

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Message 87 of 134 (697917)
05-01-2013 3:09 PM
Reply to: Message 84 by Faith
05-01-2013 2:55 PM


Re: No Fracking Problem
Na, metricity isn't all that superior.
You're more right about the age of the earth...
Bow down to the metric system or forever be inferior!!

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